International Health Service Collaborative Project Description – December 2005
· Promoting sustainable health projects in underserved communities within the
· Creating a forum for interdisciplinary interaction within USF Health and throughout USF, which will result in more well-rounded health professionals
Location: El Aguacate de las Cejas near the northern coastal city of
29 Students from Colleges of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing plus 1 Professor, and 1 Internal Medicine Physician/Infectious Disease Fellow.
What: Students will…
- Collaborate with the US Peace Corps to build 51 composting latrines for 47 families and an elementary school. These latrines will serve approximately 300 people.
- Provide health education on sanitation/hygiene and oral re-hydration therapy.
- Provide medical treatment to children, specifically for parasite infections.
Student Benefits: Students will…
- Witness and experience the life of villagers in a developing country without water and sanitation facilities while helping to attack their problems shoulder to shoulder with a sustainable solution.
- Have the opportunity to share their knowledge of health through education forums, practice health care techniques, and provide treatment to children.
- Learn about and implement basic public health sanitation strategies often employed by many NGOs and governments world-wide.
- Practice/improve cross culture sensitivity, language skills, and collaboration with USF Health colleagues from all three colleges.
- Students have covered over $10,000 for their airplane tickets. Not expecting reimbursement.
- Project materials: over $12,000 provided by ADEMI (NGO). Medicine, tools, and other supporting materials provided by IHSC fundraising.
- Daily student expenses $10 hotel, $10 food, $5 misc.
- Ground Transportation estimate: $3000.00/wk.
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